Thursday December 15, 2016 at 5:38 pm

This sounds like the set up to a joke, but a shrink really won the 2016 WSOP Circuit main event at the Bicycle Casino outside of Los Angeles. Nikhil Gera, a psychiatrist in an emergency room by day, took down his first-ever WSOP Circuit event. Gera defeated Paul Nguyen heads-up for the win and $246K in cash. Dr. Nikhil Gera faded a field of 842 entries and took down a tough final table that also included Tuan Le, Eddy Sabat, and Ankush Mandavia.

Dr. Nikhil Gera ships the Main Event at the Bike

Pretty much everyone I know in poker is in desperate need of a shrink! But at the 2016 WSOP Circuit event at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California (just outside the L.A. city limits), an actual head shrinker took down the $1,675 buy-in main event. Dr. Nikhil Gera outlasted a field of 842 runners to win his first-ever WSOP Circuit ring. First place eared the good doctor a pay day worth over $246K.

Dr. Nikhil Gera from Los Angeles is not a full-time poker player, but his job gives him plenty of flexibility and lots of time to play poker. He faded a difficult final table that included Eddy Sabat, Ankush Mandavia, and Tuan Le. Paul Nguyen went into the final day with a massive chip lead. Nguyen got heads-up with Gera and the two slugged it out in a memorable heads-up battle. The rail was loud and festive with both players attracting a slew of locals cheering them on. When the dust settled, Dr. Gera emerged the champion.

Notables who cashed in the Bike Main Event included Jack Duong (90th place), James Collopy (83rd), Melanie Weisner (79th), Scott Clements (67th), Matt Salsberg (58th), Marco Johnson (52nd), David ‘The Dragon' Pham (34th), Jared Jaffee (31st), Jesse Yaginuma (19th), Phil Laak (18th), and Mohsin Charania (17th).

2016 WSOP Circuit - The Bike

Buy-in: $1,675

Prize Pool: $1,263,000

Entrants: 842

Payouts: 90


WSOP Circuit - Main Event Final Table Results:

1. Nikhil Gera $246,295

2. Paul Nguyen 152,190

3. Eddy Sabat $112,105

4. Alex Massman $83,660

5. Ankush Mandavia $63,250

6. Harry Arutyunyan $48,435

7. Mark Hamilton $37,560

8. Tuan Le $29,490

9. David Mendelson $23,440

2017 WSOP Circuit Schedule

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  • Feb 2-13: POTAWATOMI (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
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  • Feb 16-27: RIO LAS VEGAS (Las Vegas, Nevada)
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